No, I am not saying that Davos is a "con." Truth in fact, participating in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is one of my top impact experiences of the year (the 2010 annual meeting was my 5th consecutive Davos experience as a Young Global Leader). Furthermore, I genuinely believe that Forum founder and chairman Klaus Schwab is a visionary that has pursued the power of his own ideas with a character and consistency not dissimilar to other thought leaders that had added to our larger society and our world, and referred to later in this piece. That said, this Davos experience did get me thinking about how we all got ourselves into this grand global mess, we now call a global economic crisis.
I am indeed suggesting though that to a degree we all participated in a shared con of sorts, and we need to "get our storyline" back. Let me explain.
What would you say if I told you that the very core, the very basis of this entire global economic mess, was a crisis of virtues and values?
After being here in Davos for one of the busiest weeks of my life, I was reminded of a great quote from my political hero, partner through his foundation in good works and friend President Bill Clinton, also featured in my new book Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. Former President Clinton, here this week in Davos and gracious enough to spend time and to speak with members of the Forum of Young Global Leaders in attendance, once said, "It is hard to get someone to agree with the truth, when the lie is financing their lifestyle."
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